Hi! I have 2 complimentary tickets for Destinations Travel show - Manchester Event city 19-22 January or Olympia,London 2-5 February 2017-
If you can use these, please let me know, and I'll post them to you.
Kirk Douglas turns 100 today.
Happy birthday spartacus.
I have my votes decided for the best of VT categories this year, but I am having problems with picking a unique VT'er that has displayed the VT Flag in an interesting way. Other years it has been easy to pick... but this year, I have no idea who to promote :o)
Asking all of you to help me out with some links please to help me decide.
Just links will do. No explanation needed. I am sure you can help me make my decision :o)
The holidays are upon us and it made me think: what are the best give ideas for the traveler in your life?!
What an utterly appalling twelve months it has been for those who us who love music. We have lost Bowie, Lemmy, Leonard Cohen, the list seems to get longer and longer on a weekly basis. I have just heard the very unwelcome news that Greg Lake, best known for his membership of the prog rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died of cancer aged 69. All this hard on the heels of Keith Emerson's untimely recent demise at his own hand.
Commercially and appropriately for this time of year he is probably best known for his single "I believe in Father Christmas" although this is atypical of his work. My favourite of his is "Lucky Man" which you can find on your preferred video / music website.
RIP Greg and I really shall be glad when this year is over, it has been pretty awful in respect of musicians dying.
For all you iphone owners out there, is it worthwhile to upgrade from a 6 to a 7?
Dozens and dozens of times I have bought electronic tickets with nary a problem. I just arrive at the airport and voila! I get my boarding pass...But I just bought a ticket on Royal Air Maroc with the payment and flight confirmed and a reservation number, as usual. Then I get an email asking me to send - by a normal hackable email - a copy of my passport - sensitive material - and of my credit card with the last four digits exposed. Never in my life!!! Is this normal or should I be concerned?
In 1977, the film "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER" hit the cinema screens. I saw it twice, once in London and then a few weeks later in Belgrade (with Serbian sub-titles). Later, I was eating lunch in Gytheion (Greece), when the soundtrack was being played, at the wrong speed - too slowly, on a grammaphone turntable. Whenever I hear music from that film, I immediately remember that luncheon in Gytheion.
Likewise, whenever I hear "I WILL SURVIVE" by Gloria Gaynor (1978), I remember walking along the lake shore at ioannina (Greece), where i first heard it.
Do you associate particular pieces of music with places that you have visited on your travels?
Wow, there's a new #1 in the member Top 100.
I realise that pronouncing words in a language other than one's own can be difficult.
Many years ago in Mysore (India), we ordered some cucumber sandwiches, and were served sandwiches with cucumber and a pink sauce. The waiter told us the sandwiches contained what sounded like 'miners' sauce'. At first, I had no idea what he was talking about. Then, I realised that he was trying to say 'mayonnaise'.
Have you come across any mispronounciations of 'common' words (in your language) that have baffled you on your travels?
If you had the health, the money and the time needed to gain access to the most luxurious place to visit with no thought of the costs at all where would you go? What would you do?
We were lying in bed on our boat in Daytona one morning and my husband said "Listen to the symphony of Florida".
I listened. I heard:
A train whistling across from the marina
A forklift backup alarm
A bridge warning bell
A power boat rumbling by
An airplane flying overhead
I have been trying to think of what my neighborhood smells like but we live in a rural area and it just smells like country - leaves and grass etc. But we do have sounds. We live across the street from a school so in the morning there is the rumble of the school buses, and then periodically through the day there are the bells and announcements over the PA system, and then band practice and sometimes cheers from sporting events. When school is not in session, it is quiet here - just an occasional car, and sometimes an airplane. Or a siren of a police car or ambulance from the highway. Our son doesn't live at home anymore so I don't worry about the sirens anymore. And the noon whistle. The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren is up the river from us so we do get occasional dull explosion sounds from there. But normally it is pretty quiet.
If time and money were not problems, which five countries, which you have never visited before, would you like to visit?
Mine are: Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, Paraguay, Pakistan
Hi All - It's that time of year again for the VT Community Awards where we celerbate your contributions and commnity involvement from the year. By visiting the link below, you can nominate members in a variety of categories until December 16. Voting opens December 19 and recipients will be announced January 10.
Also, for those who received a 2015 Community Award, your badges will appear on your profile in the next couple of weeks. We apologize for the extreme delay!
My section of town has seen some redevelopment with a street about a block away becoming our "Restaurant Row"....
When I get my paper in he morning the air is filled with the smell of fresh doughnuts from sugar shack..mid morning its tomatoes and basil and pizza from primaveras getting ready for lunch....mid day its grilled steaks from Sedona-especially on mondays when its $6 steak night ....on a calm night its luigis wood-fired pizza oven down the street....my neighbors complain about it but I say its better than living next to a plastic factory or a pulp mill...so whats your neighborhood smell like?..this morning I came out and someone was frying onions for the days predawn prep work ...
I dropped my landlord off at London Heathrow T3 about 3 hours ago to catch a flight to the Philippines. He just called me to say he is boarding the aircraft but left his wallet and all his credit cards at home. We live just 15 minutes from Heathrow but I can't get it there in time (through security) as the plane is probably taxiing to the runway as I type.
I have the address where he will be staying for the next 6 weeks in the Philippines and can forward his wallet in the mail or by international courier service.
Can anyone recommend a fast, efficient, secure service to send a wallet with credit cards half way around the world because some blithering idiot forgot to take it with him? Seriously, I couldn't make this stuff up.
Hi I am Giselle and am new to this website..... living in Italy born in South Africa from Portuguese parents and working as an Exhibition Designer but also doing Network marketing with some lovely anti aging products. So tell me a little about yourselves???
If you going to take few weeks train ride which one you take?
I am taking transsibirian next summer and looking forward to it so what is your choice?
I was wondering if any of you are messed up by the Lufthansa pilot strike going on? It looks like they shut down so many flights. Is anyone stranded?
On a recent trip I ran into people who had suitcases the size of small vehicles. I usually travel for 4 weeks at a time and can not imagine lugging something like that around. I had two suitcases on that trip. One was 17 inches and the other was 20 inches and I thought that was pretty light but know that others can get by with far less. My philosophy on packing is pretty much wear one, carry one, pack one and be prepared to live out of your carryon.
What is packing light to you? Any philosophy on how to pack?
I even have it on paper with the official signature of the former mayor of Carlsbad/California.
And it was actually a vt member (richmond) who contacted the mayor, telling him that some passing tourist was volunteering at the San Diego wildfires back in the day in 2003.
Just thought I would tell you a story from the old days, with a little vt twist
belated happy "not buying day" to all those who abstained yesterday(black friday)
I'm writing this in the MISC forum, because probably more VTers see this than in the Israel forum. For several days there are forest fires in Israel which spread into villages and the city of Haifa. It's not sure yet if the first fire had started accidentally, but the following ones are apparently arson. We had a bad fire several years ago, which wasn't taken seriously enough before it couldn't be controlled any more, but the firefighters learned from the experience.
It's just the weather for big fires - very dry strong eastern winds from the desert, after more than half a year without rain. The village next to us (eight kilometers from us) was the first location.
Do any VT members work "Air-Side" at an international airport? How difficult was it to get an "Air-Side" security pass? I have a preliminary job offer with British Airways at London Heathrow. They want me to know exactly what I was doing on every single day over the last 5 years. Geeze, I don't know, I have a rough idea but didn't keep a diary.
My wife is asking whether the photo is a actual sightseeing spot
Please have someone to advice me if this is a real place, I want to make her surprise and go there together
Thanks a lot!!!!
Here is a Question.
What do you eat for breakfast?
What you eat for breakfast Is OK so do not get defensive.
A grape fruit . pan cakes with blueberries, cereals (many types) .avocados etc?
in about 1973, I visited Lake Ohrid in what was then Yugoslavia. While I was walking along a road, someone who worked at the campsite where I was staying invited me into his family home, and offered me a glass of milk. I was, foolishly, expecting a chilled drink straight from the 'fridge, but instead was handed some almost hot milk straight from the cow, (or was it from the donkey I saw standing in the yard?). In any case, I could not bear warm milk, and the smell of the drink so kindly offered made me feel nauseous. I dared not drink it for fear of vomiting in front of the family. I was at a loss as to what to do. Eventually, I made some feeble excuse, which must have seemed incomprehensible to my hosts who spoke no english, and left.
Cany you share any awkward situations you have encountered on your travels, and how you dealth with it or them?
Wow, what a bizarre, time-consuming ride I had over the weekend with these guys. I tried to book a really cheap fare through them online. I got all the way through the booking process, then was informed, "We're sorry, the fare you requested is no longer available," and was asked if I wanted to continue at a fare of more than $200 per ticket higher. I declined and went on with my day.
That night, I get a call from a Cheapo Air "Travel Expert," saying that the fare I wanted was available, and I could book it through him personally. Impressed at how proactive this was, I agreed and gave the booking details to him. He said he'd put me on hold for 2 or 3 minutes and be back with the confirmation number. 15 minutes later, I was disconnected. I then proceeded through about 90 minutes of telephoning and online chatting to determine the status of my booking. Finally, I was told that my booking went through... at the higher fare I was offered (and declined) online. Fortunately, I saw the receipt while I was still on the phone, and demanded the agent cancel the booking. No harm done, except nearly 2 hours wasted on a Saturday night.
Today, I'm looking through my fare searches, and found an even cheaper fare on the same route through, you guessed it, Cheapo Air. Dare I try again? Once again, I go through the booking process. Once again, at the very end, Lucy pulls the football away. A minute later, I get a call from a "Travel Expert" from Cheapo Air, offering to process the fare manually for me. Suffice it to say I declined his generous offer.
What's the deal with this outfit? I've used them before without a problem, but then again I was never subjected to their eager and friendly but utterly incompetent "customer service" crew. Has anyone else have a similar experience with them lately?
hi there my husband and i are off to canada (3/4 weeks) and usa (for 4 days) in 2017 and i am hunting around for insurance. have looked at world nomad but it appears they have the $100 excess on everything. 1cover has a $0 excess option and i am leaning toward that. All the reviews i have found are for "easy to buy but never had to claim". Has anyone got some stories about how easy or not it is to claim from.
thanks in advance